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Azavea Releases Source Code for OpenDataPhilly.org To Enable Municipalities and Open Government Groups to Create Their Own Open Data Catalogs

In April, Azavea, a geospatial analysis (GIS) software development company announced the launch of OpenDataPhilly.org (http://opendataphilly.org/), a Philadelphia-centric catalog of online data, applications and APIs. Today, Azavea announces that the code of the OpenDataPhilly.org project is now available as open source software under the name Open Data Catalog, and is freely available for anyone to use at: https://github.com/azavea/Open-Data-Catalog
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Open Source Urbanism

Open Source Urbanism | Information Wants to be Free | Scoop.it
The author proposes that urbanizing technology can can allow people to better "talk back" to cities and implement user-driven change.

Where change is perceptible, rapid change makes change itself even more visible. Velocity becomes a concrete condition, not just a measure of speed. Rapid change in cities has highly legible moments—the material reality of buildings, transport systems, re-placements of modest shops with luxury shops and of modes middle-classes with the rich professional class, a bike-path where there was none—and they can be both good and not so good. Further, when rapid transformation happens simultaneously in several cities with at least some comparable conditions, it also makes visible how diverse the spatial outcomes can be even when the underlying dynamics might be quite similar.

All of this brings to the fore the differing degrees of openness of cities. I prefer thinking of this as the incompleteness of cities, which means that they can constantly be remade, for better or for worse. It is this incompleteness that has allowed some of the world's great old cities to outlast kingdoms, empires, nation-states and powerful firms.
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Joshfire | The Change Factory

Joshfire | The Change Factory | Information Wants to be Free | Scoop.it
Joshfire is an open source multi-device development framework. Using only standards like HTML5 and JavaScript, it allows developers and integrators to quickly create native and dedicated web apps for browsers, Node.JS, desktops, smart phones, smartTVs and connected objects.
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Citizen Science - The Valley of the Khans

Citizen Science - The Valley of the Khans | Information Wants to be Free | Scoop.it
Citizen scientists examine thousands of satellite images of Mongolia to identify sites and features of potential archaeological interest; the idea is that this will assist archaeologists currently working on the ground. Researchers can study in real time the most promising citizen-scientist tagged objects (roads, rivers, structures, etcetera) using 3-D virtual reality, ground-penetrating radar and unmanned aerial vehicles. The goal of the Valley of the Khans archeological project is to identify archeological sites without disturbing them.

With the growing trend of rogue illegal mining in the region, such protective measures will be critical in the preservation of this iconic symbol of world cultural heritage and the rich cultural patrimony throughout Mongolia.
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Open Access Map Launched

Open Access Map Launched | Information Wants to be Free | Scoop.it
In November last year, the Open Access Map was presented as an emerging measuring tool for Open Access as a standalone discipline which is experiencing dramatic growth.

Anyone with an Open Access Resource or Organization they’d like to have included on the map, is invited to use the "Add Item" feature to share their contribution with the project. The world map will include all Open Access projects, services and initiatives. The tool will also involve a timeline which will show the development of Open Access over the last decade in terms of repositories, policies adopted and OA journals published.
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The Power of Open: over 400 million CC-licensed works, with increasing freedom

The Power of Open: over 400 million CC-licensed works, with increasing freedom | Information Wants to be Free | Scoop.it
The Power of Open, released last week, demonstrates the impact of Creative Commons through stories of successful use of our tools by artists, educators, scientists, and institutions of all types.
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City, State, County Announce App Contest for Metro Chicago, Puts Data Online | #OpenGov

City, State, County Announce App Contest for Metro Chicago, Puts Data Online | #OpenGov | Information Wants to be Free | Scoop.it
The City of Chicago, State of Illinois and Cook County has announced a joint challenge to software developers to create apps for smart phones and web-enabled devices that will benefit the Metro Chicago area.
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Big data and open source unlock genetic secrets - O'Reilly Radar

Big data and open source unlock genetic secrets - O'Reilly Radar | Information Wants to be Free | Scoop.it
Many sectors of the global economy are waking up to the need to use data as a strategic resource, whether in media, medicine, or moving trucks.
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Sarah Palin emails: what you've found so far. Week two

Sarah Palin emails: what you've found so far. Week two | Information Wants to be Free | Scoop.it
We're coming up to the end of week two after the release of thousands of Sarah Palin emails and our readers are still busy picking their way through the inbox. Here's some more of what's being dug up
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Open Source Dropbox Alternatives To Start Building A File Storage & Sharing System

Open Source Dropbox Alternatives To Start Building A File Storage & Sharing System | Information Wants to be Free | Scoop.it
Few days ago, after discussing "how awesome it would be to use the file sharing module of it from a Dropbox-like application", I started searching for any open source tools that can do the job.

As expected, yes, there is open source for everything and found very nice resources that can help us accomplish the project with almost no (or few) coding.

Considering you may use them in your own projects/platforms or have an idea of building a file storage and sharing application, here is a complete list of open source Dropbox alternatives (that are updated regularly):
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The Power of Open

The Power of Open | Information Wants to be Free | Scoop.it
The world has experienced an explosion of openness. From individual artists opening their creations for input from others, to governments requiring publicly funded works be available to the public, both the spirit and practice of sharing is gaining momentum and producing results.

Creative Commons began providing licenses for the open sharing of content only a decade ago. Now more than 400 million CC-licensed works are available on the Internet, from music and photos, to research findings and entire college courses. Creative Commons created the legal and technical infrastructure that allows effective sharing of knowledge, art and data by individuals, organizations and governments. More importantly, millions of creators took advantage of that infrastructure to share work that enriches the global commons for all humanity.

The Power of Open collects the stories of those creators. Some are like ProPublica, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative news organization that uses CC while partnering with the world’s largest media companies. Others like nomadic filmmaker Vincent Moon use CC licensing as an essential element of a lifestyle of openness in pursuit of creativity. The breadth of uses is as great as the creativity of the individuals and organizations choosing to open their content, art and ideas to the rest of the world.
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Afghans Build Open-Source Internet From Trash

Afghans Build Open-Source Internet From Trash | Information Wants to be Free | Scoop.it
Douglas Rushkoff has championed the idea that the current corporate-controlled internet is far from the open commons we pretend it is.

"If we have a dream of how social media could restore peer-to-peer commerce, culture, and government, and if the current Internet is too tightly controlled to allow for it, why not build the kind of network and mechanisms to realize it?" Rushkoff asks.

Sounds daunting. And expensive, right? Wrong.

Funded primarily by the personal savings of group members and a grant from the National Science Foundation, residents of Jalalabad have built the FabFi network: an open-source system that uses common building materials and off-the-shelf electronics to transmit wireless ethernet signals across distances of up to several miles.
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Echoprint - Open source music identification

Echoprint - Open source music identification | Information Wants to be Free | Scoop.it
What does this do?

Echoprint is a music fingerprint or music identification service. It listens to music signals and tells you what song is playing. It’s backed by a huge database of music that grows with the community and further partnerships. On launch we’ve partnered with Musicbrainz and 7digital.

Who is this for?

Echoprint is a suite of tools for developers and the music industry. There is no “Echoprint app” in the app store, although we’re sure within weeks there will be. This is for developers of music applications. If you’re building a mobile music experience, you’ll want to use this. Or if you’re sitting on top of a large database of music. Or if you want to deduplicate your collection, do copyright detection, or resolve your users’ catalogs to yours.
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Open311 API – Key to the Digital City

Open311 API – Key to the Digital City | Information Wants to be Free | Scoop.it
At the heart of the exciting Open Government strategy for New York is a truly momentous technical step forward for government IT: The read/write Open Data API.
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The next Open Data battle: Advancing Policy & Innovation through Standards | eaves.ca

The next Open Data battle: Advancing Policy & Innovation through Standards | eaves.ca | Information Wants to be Free | Scoop.it
it is time for advocates to start focusing on the next big issue. How do we get different jurisdictions to align around standard structures so as to increase the number of people to whom an application or analysis will be relevant? Having cities publish open data sets is a great start and has led to real innovation, next generation open data and the next leaps in innovation will require some more standards.

The key, I think, is to find areas that meet three criteria:

* Government Data: Is there relevant government data about the service or issue that is available?

* Demand: Is this a service for which there is regular demand? (this is why transit is so good, millions of people touch the service on a daily basis)

* Business Model: Is there a business that believes it can use this data to generate revenue (either directly, or indirectly)
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Creative Commons: Music industry should follow our lead

Creative Commons: Music industry should follow our lead | Information Wants to be Free | Scoop.it
The Creative Commons organisation has told TechRadar that the music industry should look to its modern model of managing digital content, rather than struggling to cling on to traditional pay models.

Creative Commons is the now familiar organisation that – in its own words – develops, supports and stewards legal infrastructure that maximises digital creativity, sharing and innovation.

CC Chief of staff Lisa Green told TechRadar that she was aiming to help give people a new way to profit from their work, rather than relying on outmoded and difficult to enforce model.
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The Historical Origins of "Open Science"

Open science norms and institutions are a social innovation whose workings must be continually re-created as “social facts”. This regenerative process depends upon the scientific practitioners themselves recognizing that much of the “power” that their research communities possess for the successful pursuit of reliable knowledge derives from their personal appreciation of, and commitment to behaviors that conform broadly to the informal “cognitive norms” as well as to the formal regulations governing their activities. In short, the sustained functionality of these vulnerable institutional legacies ultimately rests not in the hands of some distant, unknown and hopefully wise makers of public policy, but upon scientists’ acceptance of responsibility for day-to-day individual and collective actions in support of “good scientific conduct conjoined with good technique,” and for transmitting that ethos to the future scientists who look to them as mentors.
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4 Stars for Metadata: an Open Ranking System for Library, Archive, and Museum Collection Metadata

This post was written by participants of the LOD-LAM Summit which was held on June 2nd/3rd in San Francisco and is crossposted on the Open Knowledge Foundation blog and the Open bibliography and Open Bibliographic Data blog.
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The God Project: Hinduism as Open-Source Faith

The God Project: Hinduism as Open-Source Faith | Information Wants to be Free | Scoop.it
The key point of differentiation between Hinduism and these other faiths is not polytheism vs. monotheism. The key differentiation is that "Hinduism" is Open Source and most other faiths are Closed Source.
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20 Most Popular Open Source Software Ever

20 Most Popular Open Source Software Ever | Information Wants to be Free | Scoop.it
We take a close look at the cream of the crop: 20 invaluable and indispensable open source applications that you really should be using, if you’re not already. The vast majority of them are cross-platform and absolutely 100% free!
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Cleaning up open data with Google Refine

Cleaning up open data with Google Refine | Information Wants to be Free | Scoop.it
Demonstrates how to clean up messy, raw data from the Chicago health inspection database with little to no programming using Google Refine (free to download at code.google.com/​p/​google-refine)
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amednews: Medicare claims soon to be open for data mining :: June 20, 2011 ... American Medical News

Qualified organizations would gain access to Medicare billing data for the purpose of developing physician report cards for the public under a new proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
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Interview: Dr. Ben Goertzel on Artificial General Intelligence, Transhumanism and Open Source (Part 1/2)

Interview: Dr. Ben Goertzel on Artificial General Intelligence, Transhumanism and Open Source (Part 1/2) | Information Wants to be Free | Scoop.it
Dr. Ben Goertzel is Chairman of Humanity+; CEO of AI software company Novamente LLC and bioinformatics company Biomind LLC; leader of the open-source OpenCog Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) software project; Chief Technology Officer of biopharma firm Genescient Corp.; Director of Engineering of digital media firm Vzillion Inc.; Advisor to the Singularity University and Singularity Institute; Research Professor in the Fujian Key Lab for Brain-Like Intelligent Systems at Xiamen University, China; and general Chair of the Artificial General Intelligence Conference Series. His research work encompasses artificial general intelligence, natural language processing, cognitive science, data mining, machine learning, computational finance, bioinformatics, virtual worlds and gaming and other areas, Dr. Goertzel has published a dozen scientific books, 100+ technical papers, and numerous journalistic articles, and the futurist treatise A Cosmist Manifesto. Before entering the software industry he served as a university faculty in several departments of mathematics, computer science and cognitive science, in the US, Australia and New Zealand.

Dr. Goertzel spoke with Critical Thought’s Stuart Mason Dambrot following his talk at the recent 2011 Transhumanism Meets Design Conference in New York City. His presentation, Designing Minds and Worlds, asked and answered the key questions, How can we design a world (virtual or physical) so that it supports ongoing learning and growth and ethical behavior? How can we design a mind so that it takes advantage of the affordances its world offers? These are fundamental issues that bridge AI, robotics, cyborgics, virtual world and game design, sociology and psychology and other areas. His talk addressed them from a cognitive systems theory perspective and discussed how they’re concretely being confronted in his current work applying the OpenCog Artificial General Intelligence system to control game characters in virtual worlds.
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Crowdsourcing vs. Co-Creation: Is There a Difference?

The use of crowdsourcing by various groups, organisations, and businesses has grown exponentially over the years with many leading names embracing its cost effectiveness and almost limitless utility. The concept of tapping into the wisdom of the crowd, however, has inevitably created off-shoot methods based on the same concept. One increasingly popular variation, “co-creation”, is carving out its own niche in this field.
Crowdsourcing vs Co-creation

Since both crowdsourcing and co-creation involve some form of collaboration, the line separating the two can be blurred at times. Co-creation is a collaborative initiative which operates like crowdsourcing by seeking information and ideas from a group of people. There is, however, one crucial difference. The call is not put to an open forum or platform but to a smaller group of individuals with specialised skills and talents. These abilities are wide ranging and dependent on the needs of the client company – a pharmaceutical company might require the input of qualified chemists while a leading retail brand would call for more creative types.
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Flemish Government Strives for Open Innovation - semanticweb.com

Flemish Government Strives for Open Innovation - semanticweb.com | Information Wants to be Free | Scoop.it
The Flemish government is pushing for ‘open innovation’ with the help of Collibra, Atira, and IBM. The article states, “Prosperity in a knowledge-based economy will benefit from a well-oiled innovation engine. With the advent of the Web, companies and research institutions have come to realize that they can no longer rely on their own research to innovate. Open innovation is a new practice in which stakeholders trade ideas and results for the benefit of themselves and others; a digital information market place for innovation may then naturally emerge.”
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